I am a programmer and sometimes I get Repetitive Stress from using the keyboard and mouse a lot.
I find that my hand gets 'crampy' after a while and I have to keep switching hands for the mouse.

Is there anything else I can do to minimize this?

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  • Hi Michael - your question was closed for the moment because it is an extremely broad question (searching "repetitive stress" or "repetitive strain" at Amazon produces numerous results). If you would like to discuss ways to edit the question so that it is well-scoped such that it could fit in the SE Q&A style, please ask in The Workplace Meta or The Workplace Chat. Thanks! – jcmeloni Jun 16 '12 at 13:34
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    Good points. Let me give it a go. – Michael Durrant Jun 16 '12 at 14:03
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    Michael, actually I voted to close as off topic, I see this as a medical issue not a workplace one. RSI is a catch all term, and there's no one size fits all solution. I've seen colleagues thinking the same as you, that the problem was their chair, keyboard, desk, whatever, when in fact it was something completely unrelated, and in one case following advice from the internet made it (a lot) worse. I really think you should visit at least a GP, if not a specialist. – yannis Jun 16 '12 at 15:42
  • No problem. Just seemed like something I had experienced that many other folks, especially fellow programmers experience too so I thought there might be some sage and wise opinions. – Michael Durrant Jun 16 '12 at 20:48

I strongly suggest the Kinesis Freestyle. Texter 0.6, autohotkey, etc do help.

Take time off from keyboarding. A week is doable, yeah?

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